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Heart-warming moment Romford hairdresser is surprised by National Lottery to air on ITV this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:21 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 16 November 2018

Danielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Danielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Ady Kerry / Camelot

Watch the heart-warming moment a Romford hairdresser who cuts the homeless’ hair for free is given a surprise from the National Lottery for her hard work.

Danielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / CamelotDanielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Danielle Balcombe from Romford has been part of the Haircuts4Homeless project since it started in 2014 and her boss and friend, Stewart Roberts from Hornchurch - who started the project - collaborated with the National Lottery to surprise Danielle.

Despite being busy with launch plans for the first Haircuts4Homeless Academy, in recognition of Danielle’s commitment, Stewart found time to arrange for the avid Meatloaf fan to put down her scissors and be the star guest at the musical, Bat Out of Hell in the West End.

Arriving at the Dominion Theatre’s stage door, the mother of three thought she was about to complete some filming about Haircuts4Homeless with Stewart.

Suddenly the doors were flung open and some of the Bat Out of Hell cast leapt out to invite Danielle to be their guest for the show starting in 10 minutes, and The National Lottery film crew were there to capture it all for a film which will air during the ad break of Saturday night’s The X Factor.

Danielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / CamelotDanielle Balcombe (centre) from Romford was surprised by the cast of Bat Out of Hell thanks to help from the National Lottery. Photo: Ady Kerry / Camelot

Danielle said: “I was completely overwhelmed at the surprise.

“I’m such a small part of Haircuts4Homeless so to be recognised like this is very humbling, it should be our founder Stewart who was given the fright of his life!”

“I really do feel honoured and blessed to be a part of this project. We offer such a simple yet vital, practical service, and more importantly companionship to a group who are often completely overlooked by society.

“Seeing someone, who through no fault of their own is homeless, sit taller and positively beam when they look in that mirror after their cut makes it the best job in the world.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for my surprise.

“The show was amazing and meeting the cast a dream – all in all it was just an awesome day and one I will never forget!”

Danielle’s ‘Big Surprise’ airs this Saturday (November 17) meaning Danielle and the Haircuts4Homeless project, will receive national recognition with around five million people expected to tune in across the ITV network.

One of 17 short films throughout the year, during ITV’s primetime Saturday night TV schedule, each celebrates and showcases National Lottery funded heroes across the UK.

‘The Big Surprise’ is the continuation of the return of The National Lottery results to primetime TV through a commercial partnership with ITV (from 14 April 2018), and follows the success of ‘Race to the Numbers’ where members of the public were given the chance to win £10,000 at National Lottery-funded venues across the UK.

For more information on National Lottery funding visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk and for more information on Haircuts-4-Homeless visit www.haircuts4homeless.com

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